Depression refers to severe and long-lasting ‘down’ times that impair regular activities. Depression can be caused by a variety of factors, but a family history of depression and severe stress can increase the likelihood of the disease.
According to Harvard University, changing estrogen levels during menstruation, after giving birth, and throughout menopause can provoke mood changes.
Dorree Lynn, Ph.D., a psychologist and author of Getting Sane Without Going Crazy, says women “need a connection with others in their lives and without that sustenance, they tend to get depressed.”
Qi (energy) enables the body to function in harmony. Because women lose Qi during the menstrual cycle, pregnancy, and childbirth, it is more common for women to be Qi deficient than men. Acupuncture treatments can correct these imbalances, support the immune system, and directly affect the way your body manages stress and your mental health.
Words can also move Qi, which explains why talk therapy can give patients a sense of physical relief from symptoms. A combination of acupuncture and Chinese medicine may be even more helpful.
According to Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, researchers have noted greater therapeutic benefits from the use of combined therapies than from the use of independent therapies.
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